Meet Our Coaches

We're led by a World Class wrestler

Nick Simmons:

Nick Simmons:

Also Known As "The E.L. Strangler"

  • 2015 Greater Lansing Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 7x US National Team Member
  • 2x Olympic Alternant
  • 2011 World Championships 5th place
  • Pan Am Champ 2005
  • 2x World Cup Team Member
  • 2010 U.S. Open Champ
  • 3x University World Team Member
  • University World Games 5th place
  • MSU Male Athlete of Year
  • 3x MSU Team Captain
  • 4x NCAA All-American
  • 3x Big 10 Champ
  • MSU All Time Falls Leader 47
  • 3x Jr. National Freestyle Champ, 4x Finalist
  • 2x Asics First Team Member
  • Dapper Dan Winner/ OW
  • Michigans 1st 4x Undefeated High School Wrester 211-0 (208 falls)
  • Jr. Schalles Winner Nations Most Dominate Wrestler
  • 157 Consecutive Falls
  • 2017 MIchigan Coaches Association Inductee
  • Michigan RTC Coach

Andy Simmons:

Andy Simmons:

  • 2015 Greater Lansing Hall Of Fame Inductee
  • U.S. Open 3rd Place
  • 5th place @ Jr. World Championships
  • Fila Jr. National Champ
  • University World Team Member
  • 2x NCAA All-American
  • 4x MSU Team Captain
  • Big Ten Champion
  • Dapper Dan Winner
  • Jr National Greco Finalist
  • 3x Jr. National Freestyle All-American
  • Michigan 2nd 4x Undefeated High School Wrestler 219-0
  • 2018 World Team Trials

Brad Simmons:

2x Michigan State Placer
Michigan State Champ

Ben Guiles:

2x Michigan State Placer
2x Michigan freestyle state champ
15+ years of youth coaching

What makes a great coach?

Our team of professionals works hard to share knowledge with the wrestlers they instruct. Being a great coach goes beyond fundamentals and weight training.

Our aim is to:
Build your confidence
Teach skills you can use beyond the mat
Avoid embarrassment and bolster self-esteem
Understand that every athlete is different
Coach you as a person, not just as an athlete


We take the time to communicate with athletes and parents, so you both remain involved in the training process. Contact Simmons Academy of Wrestling to discuss our training process with our coaches.